Moviegoer: TWO WOMEN

JUST A THOUGHT: Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. —Lao Tzu TWO WOMEN: They were icons in their fields, one in the movie world, the other in lifestyle journalism. They ought to be remembered, not only for the marks they made  in their lifetime, but just as importantly, for the color and vibrancy with which they lived their lives. Here’s hoping the heavens will still make women of their caliber, with that bravura, generosity, and sense of style, with matching humor, in the days to come.    Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda and Ethel Soliven-Timbol, two feisty, accomplished women, died within days of each other this September.      ‘’Manay’’ Ichu, as she was fondly called by all, was 77. Ethel T was 80. Both suffered from lingering illnesses. JOLLY GOOD FELLOW: For all her sophistication and pedigree, ‘’Manay’’ Ichu, industry pillar and heiress to the legacy of Sampaguita Pictures, was the easiest person I have had to deal with in the movie business. Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda She was always casual and jolly in her conversations, and showed genuine interest in the other person. She was simple as she was grounded. In the late 1970s, I joined her on a coverage of a movie her outfit, MVP Productions, was filming in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. On the first day of shoot—the film was “Dyesebel” — early the next morning, the set was filled with young actors and actresses,  either half-naked or in swim suits. Dyesebel herself, Alma Moreno, wore pearly shells on her breast and a fishtail. Ichu surprised everyone by showing up at the beach, wearing high heels and a formal white gown. She said she dressed that way because she wanted to create a happy, glam-filled set. OLD SCHOOL, OLD WORLD:    ‘’Manay’’ Ichu could be playful. She loved to laugh. Tell her a bad joke, and she’ll still laugh for you. I guess that’s her way of showing she cares for you and your presence. Or maybe, she was just being polite. Politeness comes with the territory. Marichu is so old school, so old world, that her death can be compared to the passing of an era, such as the Philippine Commonwealth. They don’t make men and women like them anymore.  People who are gentle, genteel, elegant. To the end, she lived up to the demands of that bygone era she was brought up in. She wrote letters to friends by long hand. Her last letter to me was written in 2019, in which she enclosed a basket of tinapang bangus from Pangasinan. She sent Christmas cards delivered at your doorstep. She wrote sympathy notes when someone dear passes on. She was everything this new world has ceased from being. COLOR IN JOURNALISM: Throughout her lifetime, many couldn’t understand her. She wasn’t a woman for nothing. Ethel Soliven-Timbol, 80, who reigned as Lifestyle Editor of the Manila Bulletin from 1976 to 2007,  was a tough nut to crack. She was feisty, all right, yet she could also be very funny and witty. Ethel Soliven-Timbol She gave color to journalism by speaking her mind, what first came to it, regardless of audience, location, or circumstance. Often, that remark could be biting, which sent people cowering in fear, or in awe. An old school journalist, Ethel demanded perfection from her writers. She screamed over wrong grammar or syntax, swore at PR persons who wrote bad press releases. On a good day, in the middle of editing and closing pages, we would hear her sing out loud, as if she was alone in the big newsroom, nonchalantly. But, that was Ethel, she could get away with most anything. She was queen, after all, and who cared if she couldn’t sometimes hit those high notes? SOFTY SIDE: We, Ethel’s long time colleagues at the Bulletin, also knew the lady’s other side. She could be soft and tender, like the slice of moisty chocolate cake she would offer me in the afternoons when her desk would be flooded with all sorts of pastries and food from everywhere, from people who worshiped at her feet for a square inch of space in her most sought after section.   Dianne Feinstein said, ‘’Toughness doesn’t have to come in a pinstriped suit.’’ Ethel did one better. She dressed elegantly at all times, never forgetting she was one tough lady whose voice was to be taken seriously at all times, whether or not she was joking, or just being her spoiled-little-rich-girl self. Bye, Ethel!.....»»

Source: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Davao City is Cacao Capital of the Philippines

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sep) – The City of Davao, the biggest cacao producer and the home of award-winning artisan dark chocolate brands in the country, has been officially declared as the “Cacao Capital of the Philippines.” Agriculture Secretary William Dar was here Monday to hand over the recognition to the local government of […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Cheerful and caring, Zara Alvarez was an activist who never backed down

Zara, who loved the sea, who loved to eat seafood and their local rice cake dipped in chocolate sauce, who worked tirelessly and selflessly, was murdered in one rainy evening. Yet, her fire burns eternal. The post Cheerful and caring, Zara Alvarez was an activist who never backed down appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsAug 21st, 2020Related News

P4.5-M shabu in wafer cans seized

  BY BETHEENA UNITE     More than half a kilo of shabu worth P4.5 million stuffed in chocolate wafer tin cans was found hidden in a parcel declared as toys from the United States of America, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) said Thursday. A total of 640 grams of shabu was discovered in an […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJul 30th, 2020Related News

DTI lauds arrival of Filipino cacao beans in European markets

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez congratulates Auro Chocolate for being the first Philippine company to provide a major shipment of cacao beans to the European market......»»

Source: Samarnews SamarnewsCategory: NewsJul 26th, 2020Related News

‘Ensaymada’ cravings no more

Missing that gooey, melt-in-your-mouth Diamond Ensaymada? After weeks of quarantine, we can reward ourselves with favorites like the Supermoist Chocolate Cake or the award-winning Baked Cheesecake through the online shopping site of Diamond Hotel Philippines ( French Macarons, Chocolate Cream Puff and Banana Loaf are also available. For the savory picks, select a premium sandwich […] The post ‘Ensaymada’ cravings no more appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2020Related News

Red Ribbon delivers cakes, rolls, mamon from select PH branches

MANILA, Philippines – Local bakery chain Red Ribbon reopened several of their branches nationwide starting Monday, April 20 for delivery orders of their signature cakes, rolls, and pastries. Here’s what’s on Red Ribbon’s limited delivery menu: Chocolate dedication cake 8x8 - P355 Chocolate ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 23rd, 2020Related News

Cookies By The Bucket offers chocolate chip cookie dough for delivery

MANILA, Philippines – Local cookie kiosk Cookies By The Bucket (CBTB) is now selling their classic chocolate chip cookie batter at 500 grams each for P250. Five hundred grams of CBTB's cookie dough amounts to around 25 baked cookies. Since Tuesday, April ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 21st, 2020Related News

In Focus: Maricar Reyes-Poon Transforms Her Sweet Tooth Into A Successful Passion Project

The chocolate lover reveals how her sweet tooth helped her create a dream outside showbiz!.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleMar 12th, 2020Related News

LOOK: McDo Shakes are available for a limited time only

MANILA, Philippines – McDonald’s Philippines released a new special menu item, McDo Shakes, on Friday, February 21. The beverage is available for a limited period only and only at select locations.  The "creamy, milky" beverages are available in Strawberry and Chocolate flavors, and can be found in specific ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 24th, 2020Related News

Make It Another Day to Remember at Max’s

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Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2020Related News

PH chocolates to be featured in Amsterdam

The Philippines prepares its award-winning chocolate makers and cacao producers for a country exhibit in the Cocoa Trade Show & Chocolate Festival, also known as CHOCOA, at the Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Feb. 19 to 23, 2020. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceFeb 15th, 2020Related News

Tradisyon ng buong mundo sa pagdiriwang ng V-day, alamin!

Manila, Philippines – Sawa ka na ba sa panay chocolate at flowers nalang tuwing Valentine’s? Sawa ka na ba sa tradisyon o gusto mo lang na maiba naman? Alamin ang iba’t-ibang pamamaraan ng pagdiriwang sa araw ng mga puso sa iba’t-ibang panig ng kontinente. Malay mo at mapa-sagot mo na sya o ma-win back mo […] The post Tradisyon ng buong mundo sa pagdiriwang ng V-day, alamin! appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 14th, 2020Related News

Season for the arts

Before we go ballistic in checking out how much are chocolate and roses, stuffed toys, booking in a fancy restaurant or even securing a room or suite for a romantic tryst, there is more to this month than just kisses and I love yous......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesFeb 9th, 2020Related News

A deluxe Valentine’s promo

As the month of love is fast approaching, show your ever-growing love with City Garden Grand Hotel’s Valentines room promo.Spoil the one you love in the enchanting overnight Deluxe room accommodation, accompanied by a bottle of red wine with cheese platter set-up in the room, a delightful box of chocolate pralines, and a sumptuous international […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2020Related News

LOOK: McDonald s Philippines Iced Coffee now comes in Chocolate

MANILA, Philippines – McDonald’s Philippines' iced coffee selection of original, vanilla, milky, and sweet black flavors is now joined by another sweet new arrival: the Iced Coffee Chocolate. The fastfood chain introduced the new flavor on Facebook ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 1st, 2020Related News

PH Set to Join the Netherlands’ Top Chocolate Trade Fair for the First Time as it Strengthens Cacao Export Drive in EU

The Philippines is set to showcase its globally competitive chocolates and cacao-made products in a series of activities in the Cocoa Trade Show & Chocolate Festival, popularly known as CHOCOA, at the Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands on 19-23 February 2020. CHOCOA is a five-day event wherein 10 activities take place with the overlapping goal […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJan 26th, 2020Related News

A match made in chocolate hills

JM Ng, son of Johnny and Fe Ng, wed Sammie Jo Lao, daughter of Jose and Roselyn Lao, recently at Santuario de San Antonio Parish Church in Forbes Park, Makati......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 22nd, 2020Related News

SEA Games champions captivate the nation with inspiring performances

Winning the hearts of Filipinos everywhere with their discipline, perseverance, and hard work, MILO Champions Carlos Yulo, Kiefer Ravena, Pauline Lopez, Mary Joy Tabal, and Alyssa Valdez brought pride and honor to the country during the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. With an entire nation energized and rallying support for five of the brightest stars in Philippine sports, they reasserted our position in the regional arena and proved why the future is bright for the next generation of champions. MILO congratulates its sports ambassadors for their impressive medal finishes and hard-fought efforts in the SEA Games, of which the Philippines also earned the overall championship, besting the 10 other countries with a tally of 387 medals: 149 gold, 117 silver, and 121 bronze. “The 30th Southeast Asian Games marked another historic milestone for the advancement of Philippine sports,” says Nestlé Philippines-MILO Vice President Veronica Cruz. “As a longstanding partner and advocate, MILO is honored to be a part of the journeys of Caloy, Kiefer, Pauline, Mary Joy, and Alyssa while remaining steadfast in building a nation of champions, bannering our one Laban Pilipinas battlecry.”  Yulo has come a long way from playing in the streets with his friends and competing in the MILO Little Olympics. The first Filipino gymnastics world champion, and just the second countryman to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, continued his meteoric rise as he competed in front of a spirited home crowd for the first time, bagging two gold medals (all-around and floor exercise) and five silvers (pommel horse, steady rings, vaults, parallel bars, and horizontal bar). Before Lopez began reaping numerous awards here and abroad, she tested her mettle by winning the 2007 MILO-PTA (Philippine Taekwondo Association) tournament gold medal. As one of the brand’s newest ambassadors, she continues to empower other Filipinas to break barriers and overcome obstacles as seen in her women’s under 57kg gold medal victory. Securing his record fifth straight SEA Games gold medal in men’s basketball, Ravena proudly exemplified how comebacks are stronger than setbacks. The MILO BEST Center 2001 graduate and longtime ambassador proved doubters wrong with his unbreakable spirit and unquestionable dedication to the country, even as a late addition to the team’s lineup. A six-time regining National MILO Marathon Queen and first Filipino marathon Olympian, Tabal gave her all in an inspired showing, finishing with a silver in the women’s marathon. She is optimistic in her pursuit of other key tournaments next year as she competes in the Tokyo 2020 Marathon and looks to qualify in the 2020 Olympics. Valdez and company exceeded expectations, putting up a valiant effort with a fourth-place finish in front of their adoring fans at the 30th SEA Games. With a near-podium finish, the MILO sports ambassador and volleyball MVP remains determined to win a medal for the country. “We are one with the people in celebrating the Champions and all the athletes who represented the country in the 30th SEA Games, showcasing what it truly means to be a champion in sports and in life. More than the wins and recognition, MILO believes in the importance of  lifelong values learned in sports and remains committed to nourishing the ambitions of Filipinos,” adds MILO Sports Executive Lester P. Castillo.  As a gold partner of the 30th SEA Games, MILO helped energize a nation of champions with the first taste of the NEW MILO for tomorrow’s champions. Attendees of the games in select fan zones and venues were able to try the more delicious and nutritious Champion formula. ### About MILO MILO has been in the Philippines for over 50 years and is the country’s favorite chocolate malt powdered milk drink that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water.  Every mug of MILO contains the goodness of Cocoa, Malt, Milk, and Activ-Go® - a special blend of Protomalt®, Vitamins, and Minerals. It is high in Vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12, C, and is a good source of Iron, for energy release from food.  About Nestlé Philippines Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The Company employs more than 3,200 men and women nationwide, and is among the country’s Top 10 Corporations.  Driven by its purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, Nestlé today produces and markets products under some of the country’s trusted brands such as NESCAFE, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLÉ and PURINA, among others. Its product range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy, breakfast cereals, confectionery and pet care......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 17th, 2019Related News

Solon wants protection& nbsp;for Bohol& rsquo;s chocolate hills

A legislator on Saturday asked fellow congressmen to speed up the passage of the bill strengthening the protection of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol province by declaring it as national treasure......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 1st, 2019Related News